[NAFEX] crabapples, and haskaps

Kim Maser prairiegrapes at gmail.com
Mon Sep 8 21:35:05 EDT 2008

Hi Melissa; Try this website


Kim Maser - Canadian sources (Nafex)
On Mon, Sep 8, 2008 at 4:43 PM, Melissa Kacalanos <mijwiz at yahoo.com> wrote:

> I've been enjoying the lively discussions of obscure
> fruit on this list. My husband and I just bought a
> house with a big yard, and we're eager to rip up the
> useless lawn and plant more interesting plants next
> spring. You're all giving us lots of great ideas.
> Crabapples have been discussed recently by people who
> enjoy eating them fresh. I'd never considered any sort
> of apple for our garden, since the usual apple
> varieties can't be grown organically in this area
> (central NY, zone 5), and I don't want to have to
> bother with spraying. How do these crabs for fresh
> eating do against pests? Are they more resistant than
> the usual apples?
> Assuming these crabs are more resistant to pests, do
> they really taste good? I realize that's a very
> subjective question, of course, so I'm going to
> calibrate my tastes for you all with a familiar apple.
> My favorite apple of the commonly available varieties
> is 'Granny Smith' because that's the crunchiest and
> most flavorful. (I like 'Gold Rush" even better, but
> that's more obscure.) Are there crabapples with a
> crunch and taste sort of like that?
> But anyway, I'm mostly thinking of planting species
> that are so obscure, the local pests hopefully won't
> know what to do with them. Haskaps, Lonicera
> caerulea,sound particularly intriguing. This is a blue
> berry that ripens two weeks before strawberries, and
> is reputedly tasty eaten fresh, like blueberries.
> Here's more info about them:
> http://www.usask.ca/agriculture/plantsci/dom_fruit/articles/growing_haskap_mar2008.pdf
> The species has various other names, like blue
> honeysuckle and honeyberries, but the new varieties
> that have just been developed by the University of
> Saskatchewan that are supposedly so much tastier than
> the earlier varieties, the breeders want to distance
> themselves completely from the earlier kinds by using
> a different name. Haskap is a traditional name for
> this berry in Japan. Here are the new varieties:
> http://www.usask.ca/agriculture/plantsci/dom_fruit/articles/new_varieties.pdf
> The trouble is, these varieties seem to be available
> only in Canada, and I can't find a Canadian nursery
> that can ship plants to the US. Is there any way I can
> buy these plants?
> Melissa
> Central NY, zone 5
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